Colin Reed


From Blackpool Uk. Am beyond 65yrs old now. Not had a career, but have had plenty of different jobs at different social levels. I enjoyed being an archaeologist and my self-employment in building work, as well as a short spell as a toymaker. Educated at state school, private religious boarding school and also on the streets of Europe.
Married to Barbara, we have two sons, and three grandchildren.

Smashwords Interview

What are you working on next?
Catching up on and re-writing everything that has been written but unpublished to date, including new stories, new ideas. Reviewing my first book, 'Jimmy Bucklesmith' and writing a second part to it.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
......I usually need the bathroom, then a vision of well-done toast gets me dressed and into the kitchen.... In the head, there is little difference between 6am and 6pm, so inspiration is a kinda permanent state.
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Where to find Colin Reed online


The Tragedy of the Ocean Monarch
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 74,250. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2021. Categories: Nonfiction » Transportation » Ships & Shipbuilding / History, Nonfiction » History » Modern / 19th Century
The American packet ship, Ocean Monarch, on its regular transatlantic route between Boston and Liverpool was only hours into its return journey from Liverpool on August 24th 1848, when it was subject to a fire which could not be controlled, resulting in the destruction of the ship and the loss of over 170 hopeful emigrants.
Mr Gigglebotom Goes To Work
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 250. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Family / General
Mr Gigglebottom becomes fed up of driving to work every day through the heavy traffic. A little bit eccentric and absent minded, he tries his own ways of completing the journey to the despair of Mr Gigglebottom who eventually puts him on the right track.
Blackpool and the Fylde During WW1
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 69,210. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Modern / 20th Century
Though this is a locally focused history of Blackpool, a holiday resort town on the North West coast of the UK, its population in 1914-19, had an international flavour, with an influx of billeted troops, US medical base hospitals and Belgian refugees being among the most prominent.
Mrs Gigglebottom Is Always Busy
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 320. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A read aloud picture story for early learners. The mild obsessions of the Gigglebottoms provide a light-hearted read.
A Bad Day for an Urban Sasquatch
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,000. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
Herman is not in his comfort zone as he sets off for a job interview. Dressed up, when he prefers to be casual, and formal when he just wants to scream, his only distraction towards sanity is the music within his head.
The Skinless Guest
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,500. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Horror » General
There are many reasons an individual might want an identity change, and not only through the acute embarrassment of having acted out the fool. It can be much more sinister. Phoebe-Rose and her friend Imogen have their reasons imposed upon them- but what of their unusual guest?
The Last Words of a Good Man
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,340. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime
Dez and Silas live contrasting lives. Through circumstance both achieve living deaths of contrasting natures.
Collection Short Stories 1
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,320. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mashups
Ten previously published e-stories, arranged into a single volume, for convenience and lower cost.
Myra Thorndyke's Very Last Affair
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,160. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Myra Thorndyke's care home for the elderly is about to run out of funds and close down. Only Myra can prevent its closure, and she must rely on a fortitude that reaches out from beyond the grave.
In Heaven's Glorious Bosom
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,440. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Uncle Arthur is about to be revived from his untimely death of some years since. Dog Merdo is about to challenge death at the same time. Death is the only place that the two socially different people, could ever possibly meet in the equality of the soul of each human individual. While Uncle Arthur's vision of bosoms is only ever figurative, Dog Merdo's is more practial and direct.
L for Louisa
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,410. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Fortune favors no-one in particular. It has no morality. Sometimes it favors the righteous, sometimes the clever, sometimes the foolish and sometimes the unworthy.
The Lion and the Cheesegrater
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,140. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
From the depths of a stuttering marriage, Hayley’s husband suddenly and inexplicably began to shower her with gifts. Hayley and her Svengali friend Ottilia could only guess what it was that he wanted off her. An adult topic but below 18.
Coming Clean
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,210. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Opportunity can be teasingly presented by either a guiding angel or a devil, and it is the choice or the impulsion of the individual to accept or reject the invitation.
The Queue for the Bog
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,760. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
(4.00 from 1 review)
Nathan didn't like queues and when he arrived at the museum he found just that. But the girl he had come to see, made him think about himself, and the queue could be very valuable to him if he were to join it.
Yer Main Ingerland Man
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,450. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
When it comes to personal survival, the human being is faced with the moral decisions of self sacrifice or self preservation. Heroes and saints usually opt for self sacrifice, but not always.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 92,100. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Life at home on the farm for Jade Marie, in her last year at school, has become extremely difficult. Relationships, both at school and at home, have become strained, and she has become isolated and introspective. But, when a doll, retrieved from a builder's skip, comes into her life, it appears to dramatically speed things up to its own conclusion.
The Man O' The Woods
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,670. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
To most people, the Man o' the Woods is a mythical creature that has never existed, and never could. It was Bram and Bradley Trimps' ambition to prove everybody wrong by bringing back, along with their own fame, incontrovertible evidence, from Bigfoots to Yowies that the scientific world could not deny.
Last Orders at Waterloo
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,210. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
(5.00 from 1 review)
After arriving back from a drinking contest in the pub one night, Dave is surprised to find that his long time partner, Belinda is seductively waiting in the bedroom, but then finds out that it is not really him for whom she is waiting.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,970. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(3.00 from 2 reviews)
Cheryl continued to put all her energy into daily, physical survival but, in doing so, she left some important aspects of self unconsidered, and ignoring these invited a conflict with reality.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,990. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A short story. Love is expected to last but, when relationships break down, each person has their own way of hurting, and their own way of redressing the balance, sometimes through reparation, and sometimes through reprisal.
The Proud Black and White Speckled Hen
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,200. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals » Ducks, geese, & other waterfowl
A hen becomes a mother in an unusual way and considers her brood to be the finest on the farmyard. She struts around with her head held high, unaware of the reality of her situation.
The Four Ringtones of the Apocalypse
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,180. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
(5.00 from 1 review)
Flash fiction. A light-hearted angle on irony. Music might feed the soul - but often only according to the listener's own diet plan.
Jimmy Bucklesmith's Unexpected Day Out
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 146,840. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk
A young boy has to quickly learn how to survive on the streets of a congested, urban environment in a post industrial world. With bad legs to contend with, he sees how others deal with being human, when the technology is available to easily change body parts to escape or enhance their status. His success is tested in the lonely darkness of the day's end when physical survival is all that matters.

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Smashwords book reviews by Colin Reed

  • Smashwords Style Guide on Dec. 16, 2012
    (no rating)
    without the the invention of the stirrup my ancestors would not have even arrived yet....without the invention of the wheel, I couldn't have driven to the library....without the written word there would be no library....without the Style Guide I couldn't have published; Nice one! - it's that keeps the written word rolling along....
  • Other Shoes, Other Feet on Dec. 30, 2013

    Attention holding narrative, content and style.Enjoyable read. Very.
  • Single Guy, Lonely Grill on Dec. 30, 2013

    Quick, quaint read - but dark, too, where humour often disguises pain.
  • A Halo Too Deep (a flash fiction story) on March 19, 2014

    It might be irrational to believe in myth but entirely rational to feel invited by a smile.....but which is the safer option? Excellent quick read. Weird though? Ironic perhaps - and great with it!
  • Anniversary on April 19, 2015

    So, looking a the other reviews, I'm not the only one to like - and enjoy - the story, but distracted by the, at times uncomfortable, physical read. 5 star story in all its aspects except the edit.